Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.58%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.58%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Clean Technology , Consumer Staples and Telecoms sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite rose 0.58% to hit a new all time high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Innergex Renewable Energy Inc . (TSX: INE ), which rose 11.59% or 2.19 points to trade at 21.09 at the close. Semafo Inc . (TSX: SMF ) added 8.99% or 0.250 points to end at 3.030 and FirstService Corp (TSX: FSV ) was up 6.74% or 9.36 points to 148.26 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Lightspeed POS Inc (TSX: LSPD ), which lost 13.25% or 5.86 points to trade at 38.38 in late trade. Aurora Cannabis Inc (TSX: ACB ) declined 5.16% or 0.145 points to end at 2.665 and Aphria Inc (TSX: APHA ) shed 5.04% or 0.310 points to 5.840.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 615 to 396 and 145 ended unchanged on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

The S&P/TSX 60 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/TSX Composite options, was unchanged 0% to 11.27.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.50% or 7.85 to $1570.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 0.59% or 0.30 to hit $51.05 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 0.31% or 0.17 to trade at $55.11 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.05% to 0.7525, while CAD/EUR rose 0.12% to 0.6853.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.20% at 98.355.

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